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Apr 17, 2013 12:00pm PDT
. >> nbc news expert michael leiter also been reporting on this. why all of the conflicting information? >> frankly, we have a lot of reporters running stories that aren't perfectly sourced. everyone is trying to beat someone to the gun rather than necessarily getting things right. and there is inherent confusion in government especially when have you multiple agencies working this. people get called and they aren't really involved in what is going on but they feel like they have to prove their worth and they are saying things that they don't know. so people are trying it make a names for themselves on the inside. people are trying to make a name for themselves on the outside. unfortunately you end up taking time away from investigators trying to do the work. >> let's get back to the investigation. we know there will be an fbi press conference at 5:00. what kind of information, what do you expect to come out of that? >> i think this will be a general update. but i think they have probably delayed it a little bit because there is so much going on right now. so undoubtedly they will give
Apr 16, 2013 2:30am PDT
on september 11th, nearly 12 years ago. michael leiter is an nbc news national security analyst. he's the former director of the national counterterrorism center in washington. michael, thanks for joining us. where i'm sitting is about four blocks from the crime scene. but on a area about a block away is being treated as a crime scene. i'm sure investigators have been working into the night and will be working around the clock. what are the first things they're looking for, michael? >> good morning, chris. they're going to do a number of things simultaneously. as you referenced, right around the scene, they're going to secure a fairly wide area. they have to get as much evidence as they can from the actual bomb blast. that's important to understand the type of explosives that were used, how they were detonated. and then, that can be compared against past similar explosions. to try to determine who is responsible. second, they're going to be talking to enormous number of people in the area. what did they see in they're going to be collecting videotape. and all that will be combined w
Apr 15, 2013 5:30pm PDT
. pete, thanks. >>> michael leiter is our national security analyst at nbc news, former director of the national counterterrorism center in washington. michael, two things. overseas veterans of the wars the past ten years and those of us who spent time there, number one, the primary explosion, then the secondary explosion as people are running to the first. and number two, the nature of these injuries. an explosive device apparently with added shrapnel. that haunts everybody involved. >> yes, brian. the idea of using two explosive devices, the first charge which attracts to some extent the first responders -- police, fire, medical -- and then have a second charge go off that's targeting those responders potentially is the sign of a more sophisticated attack. as you noted, the shrapnel, the idea there could have been ball bearings or something else in these explosives specifically trying to kill or maim, not just trying to have a small explosion and get some attraction. the sign of a terrorist organization that's trying to kill people. >> here we are in the post 9/11 era. while it
Apr 17, 2013 5:30pm PDT
director of the national counterterrorism center. michael leiter is our nbc news counterterrorism analyst. you received from your sources a caution today that this perhaps was running on ahead of itself. and this can have a bad effect on an investigation. >> absolutely. with all the media reporting about the possible arrests, they are very worried about the person or people being spooked and they are nervous about expectations at this point. for a while people were saying it's not going fast enough. now people expect an arrest in the near hours and the fact is knowing the person it can still take some time. >> now about the evidence. we have a big haystack here. so far we have found some of the needles down to the zipper pull on what could have been the bag and the wires and the battery. we also have imagery -- tons of it -- and that has to be a big early help. >> that is invaluable. it's something even three or four years ago we wouldn't have had. all of that imagery from the stores, the police and people, you combine that with the forensic evidence and the secret intelligence we are not
Apr 16, 2013 2:00am PDT
terrorism center, michael leiter. he's also an nbc national security analyst. thank you for being here. >> good morning. >> as this investigation gets underway, what steps are investigators taking right now to try to piece this all together? >> the investigators are obviously going to start at the scene. they're going to secure that area as the mayor and police chief have said. that will be a wide cordon. they want to get as much evidence as they can from the devices themselves and the fragments they left. that's important for understanding the signatures that might be paired with past attacks or other groups. from there, they'll spread out. they'll talk to everyone. they'll look at video cameras from businesses. they'll look at records for cars in the area. that will be combined with the fbi -- at the fbi joint terrorism task force, with information that is collected from really across the country and across the world, to see if there's any indicators from past intelligence or current reporting that might give investigators a better sense of who is behind this. >> and what can you tel
Apr 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
up in boston into those bombings. nbc analyst michael leiter was director of the national counterterrorism center and clint van zandt is a profiler. all of this is a key related, battery pack, circuit board, news about the pressure cooker. a piece of it discovered. so much physical evidence and then the picture taken by the video surveillance camera at lord & ta are lo, we've confirmed, it's a picture of someone putting down a black bag, some sort of shopping bag, and then walking away from the bomb site. >> well, it's been a very good day, chris, and it's interesting as we started this before the information came out, the refrain we're hearing is why do we know so little at this point and the fact is, as we've said over and over, it takes time. now, what you just described is two legs or three-legged stool. you've got the forensic evidence from the blast site. that's helping them understand the bomb and how it was made. potentially you can trace things there. the secon leg of that stool is the photographic evidence and videotape which is just invaluable and then the third
Apr 16, 2013 3:00pm PDT
investigative correspondent for nbc news. with me here in the studio is nbc news terrorism expert michael leiter. former director of the national counterterrorism center. thank you both for joining me. michael isikoff, let me go to you first. "the boston globe" is reporting that officials have recovered a second -- from the scene of the exploexs. what is your take on that? >> well, the fbi would not confirm that at the briefing we just had. they did confirm there are two devices, both in black nylon bags. search -- pressure cooker bombs. one point that i thought was quite interesting that fbi special agent in charge deloria made, these are heavy bombs. two heavy bombs in black nylon bags at two locations about 75 to 100 yards away from each other that were set off within 12 seconds. it remains an open question whether that could have been done by one perpetrator or more than one to have placed those two bags within a short period of time in this open, crowded area and not be noticed. it does raise questions whether one person could have pulled that off. i should tell you that a couple of other p
Apr 15, 2013 4:00pm PDT
a tremendous sense of what happened. let's go to michael leiter. i'm well beyond my ability in talking about this but tell me where i'm right or wrong. he said it was clearly outside but he think it is came from the trash cans. >> it's possible. it's really hard to tell, chris. we've seen over and over today, this started about 2:50. i would say about half of what we hear is right and half of what we hear later on is wrong. we heard that there was a bomb at the jfk library. >> exactly. >> we have to take this slowly and the president was right about that. it's going to be a methodical investigation. could they have been in the trash can? it's certainly a possibility. were they timed to go off later and potentially hurt first responders, we're not sure yet. >> what does it tell you that the people lost legs and limbs, going horizontally, the blast. >> it suggests that the blast was close to those people and across the ground rather than something higher up. that's self-explanatory. shrapnel may have been included. what this shows, at least, is these are not small incendiary devices. this was
Apr 16, 2013 1:00pm EDT
me now, nbc news justin correspondent pete williams and michael leiter. pete, ha have you learn about the bombs themselves? >> well, what we're told by authorities, andrea, is that they're crudely made. they appear to have been assembled inside a pressure cooker. it may be some of our younger viewers don't know what that is, but in the olden days when you wanted to make something tender, you put it in this pot with a tight lid on it. and the steam wouldn't escape and you could build up pressure and things cook faster in them. the premicrowave days. inside a pot like this, a pressure cooker is assembled the device. it includes a low-power explosive. something like black or smokeless powder, gun powder, if you will. not a high explosive like dynamite or a plastic explosive or the common tatp, which seems to be the one of voice of terrorists when they build bombs, terror bombs overseas. so it's crudely made, it's set off they believe by some kind of electronic timer. it's carried to the scene, they believe, in some kind of back pack and then just set down before the devices go off. unfor
Apr 17, 2013 11:00am PDT
, which are to describe them. >> let me bring in michael leiter. michael, what are your sources telling you? >> well, be honest, i don't always check with folks during this critical time. folks may not like that. but this is a fluid situation. what i would tell you from my experience in the white house is there is a lot of information flying around right now. it is quite clear to me that investigation has accelerated. that people who are of interest have been identified. whether or not that's led it arrest, this is where information always falls apart. i expect over the coming hours, we will have more come out from the fbi. my guess is a combination of cell phones tracking, forensics from the bomb, video from the site. all of that will become the additive whole that indeed an individual or individuals of interest at least, have been identified, and some may be brought into custody. >> and we know that, michael, the fbi is the lead investigative body, if you will. they are collecting all of the evidence. to the point that pete made, a senior official says under is no rest. no person even
Apr 17, 2013 1:00pm PDT
. >>> joining us now in new york, michael leiter, an nbc news terrorism expert and former director of the national counterterrorism center. with us from boston, kevin cullen, columnist with "the boston globe." michael, you and i were just talking about, just with the volume of forensic evidence, how are they making decisions about what leads to pursue and sort of what to do with all this evidence? >> yes. there's a huge amount of physical evidence, digital media. that's the videotape and the like. and there's, of course, all the intelligence that we're not hearing about and we shouldn't hear about. the clandestinely collected human intelligence, signals intelligence. phone calls, e ma-mails and the like. what you have is a large joint terrorism task force in boston that is kind of collecting a lot of this. back in washington you have fundamentally every bit of the federal government, department of homeland security, fbi, putting hundreds if not thousands of people on this. prioritizing that is a really key element. at the very beginning, they're going to pursue almost everything th
Apr 16, 2013 6:00am PDT
. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. michael leiter is former direction of the national counterterrorism center. pete, this morning we've heard a lot about this individual who was questioned overnight and then his home was searched. we heard michael isikoff mention that it's actually two saudis that have been investigated, but this doesn't appear to be -- >> they were the two that were in his apartment. right. >> there doesn't appear to be much to this, right? spl well, it's too soon to know. there have been some conflicting accounts about what he was doing right before and right after the bombing. he was seen running from the scene. well, of course a lot of people were. but he had severe burns. apparently his clothing was on fire. and that means that he was obviously standing very close to one of the devices. so that makes him suspicious in the minds of some people. he's been questioned. one official told me this morning -- i said could it turn out that he was just an innocent bystander and the official said, yes, it could. but nonetheless, just to show how thorough thi
Apr 16, 2013 8:00am PDT
jansing, correspondent michael isicoff and michael leiter here, as well. chris, i want to begin with you as you spent an hour on site there talking with people that have been dealing with this tragedy. i think one of the more interesting things revealed was the fact that the police department is calling this the most complex crime scene that they have ever encountered. >> it is not surprising, i don't think, thomas. that crime scene processed just a few blocks behind where i'm sitting but bostonians as people around the country trying to process what happened here, huge headline in "the boston globe" that says marathon error and very, very graphic picture of what happened here almost indescribable. 176 people as you talked about injured. including brothers. they had gone to watch a friend run the race. their mother with five children got a call. both of her sons lost a leg. and then you talked about the youngest victim, the 8-year-old. his mother had brain surgery. his other sibling also lost a leg. so the tragedy, the depth of the tragedy here, almost indescribable. and we heard a brief
Apr 17, 2013 9:00am PDT
, and misterrorism expert michael leiter, and bob herbert, a distinguished senior fellow at dimos. >>> let's go to kristin welker for more. >> reporter: alex, good afternoon. here's what we know at this hour. this letter was received yesterday at an off-site mail facility. i want to emphasize that. it did not get close to the white house. it's typical for letters sent to this facility to undergo a screening. during that process, it was discovered that a letter addressed to president obama did contain a suspicious substance action as you mentioned, similar to the letter that was sent to senator wicker. so right now secret service is working in concert with the fbi, with the capitol police, to determine exactly who sent this letter why and what the motive is. we are expecting press secretary jay carney to deliver his daily briefing. i want to make sure this is very clear. this was a scheduled briefing for 11:45, so we expect him to come out at any minute. he will undoubtedly get a number of questions about this situation, about this suspicious her that was sent to president obama. of course, the
Apr 17, 2013 6:00pm PDT
to help us understand what this means is michael leiter. he's an nbc news national security analyst. mr. leiter, thank you for joining us. >> good to be here, rachel. >> we know the letters contained some amount of ricin. they do not know the potency of it. how significant does that seem to you? >> honestly, until we get the final results probably tomorrow morning, i would still not read much into it. these were tested twice in the field, first the automatic detector was set off, the field test was set off. that shows an element there and anybody can get them and be matched up. the lab tests show whether the caster beams in the match have been processed so it is actually the protein, the toxic protein, of ricin. and you have to figure out how much ricin there is, how potent it is. that is still inconclusive. until we get to tomorrow morning, we can't say whether or not there's ricin there versus elements of caster beans. >> i know from reading enough about it, they are what you make ricin out of, i know it's something considered to be one of the poisons that you can do without a large-s
Apr 15, 2013 6:00pm EDT
necessarily. >> michael leiter in our washington bureau. thank you, as always. across town we go to the white house. chuck todd was in the briefing room when the president entered about 6:10 p.m. tonight to give his remarks on what the white house was comfortable saying so far. chuck. >> reporter: i can tell you this, brian. one of the things the president did not say is he did not call this terrorism. this is, i can tell you from talking to sources, this was discussed and the decision was made not to have the president use that specific word. a national security official does e-mail and says this, to clarify, any event with multiple explosive devices, as this appears to be, is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror. however, we do not know yet who carried out this attack and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic. so they're being very careful with their language. we know the president has been briefed all day from the fbi director. now his homeland security director, his ow
Apr 17, 2013 3:00am PDT
counterterrorism center, michael leiter. in light of what we just talked about, michael, the victims, the reasons they were there, their families and the pain so many people are going through, it's so frustrating to hear there is so little known right now about who did this and why and accountability. >> it's, obviously, so tragic, mika. i'm going to maybe disagree a little bit about progress and i know people are impatient. it's impossible not to hear these stories and want to know why, how, who did this. the fact is we are not even 39 hours into this investigation. in fact, i think a lot of progress was made yesterday identifying in some detail the components of all the bomb, how the bombs were covered and how they, in some ways, how they were delivered potentially the great picture near the mailbox of the bag. that is absolutely critical. and i would remind that we were talking about london before. the idea the entire city is wired for surveillance. it took the brits weeks and months to get through that surveillance tape and actually piece everything together. so i know it is hard going throug
Apr 16, 2013 9:00am PDT
the counterterrorism national security professionals room to do their job. >> michael leiter thank you for your time and expertise. >>> despite the many news conferences and updates, there's more questions than answers about what happened yesterday. we'll go live to boston and talk with one of the eye witnesses to the bombings, coming up next on "now." welcome to the new new york state, where cutting taxes for families and businesses is our business. we've reduced taxes and lowered costs to save businesses more than two billion dollars to grow jobs, cut middle class income taxes to the lowest rate in sixty years, and we're creating tax free zones for business startups. the new new york is working creating tens of thousands of new businesses, and we're just getting started. to grow or start your business visit departure. hertz gold plus rewards also offers ereturn-- our fastest way to return your car. just note your mileage and zap ! you're outta there ! we'll e-mail your receipt in a flash, too. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz. introducing chase liquid. c
Apr 16, 2013 7:00pm PDT
a sophisticated triggering mechanism, michael leiter telling us of lesser importance in narrowing down the suspect in terms of expertise and training but more important to give clues to trace to the source to find out how the bomb was assembled and where the pieces came from that allowed the bomber to put it together. keep it here at msnbc. obviously the story is developing tonight. we'll keep you posted. now it's time for "the last word" with lawrence o'donnell. stay with us. >>> tonight, we are live in boston with new pictures of the moment the carnage began and new clues in the investigation and new stories of the heart break of those killed, including the 8-year-old boy happily growing up on the same streets where i grew up. >> no claims of responsibility. the range of suspects and motives remain wide open. >> who was behind twin bombings? >> someone knows who did this. >> grieve for our neighbors. >> taken to six hospitals. >> three people dead, more than 176 injured. that 8-year-old boy is martin richard. >> 8-year-old martin richard is among those killed. >> 29-year-old kry
Apr 16, 2013 9:00pm PDT
recovered at the scene. that's important. a sophisticated triggering mechanism, michael leiter telling us may be of lesser importance in narrowing down the suspect in terms of expertise and training but more important to give clues to trace to the source to find out how the bomb was assembled and where the pieces came from that allowed the bomber to put it together. keep it here at msnbc. obviously the story is developing tonight. we'll keep you posted. now it's time for "the last word" with lawrence o'donnell. stay with us.
Apr 17, 2013 1:00am PDT
triggering mechanism, michael leiter telling us of lesser importance in narrowing down the suspect in terms of expertise and training but more important to give clues to trace to the source to find out how the bomb was assembled and where the pieces came from that allowed the bomber to put
Apr 15, 2013 4:00pm EDT
for a good long time. michael leiter, counterterrorism, cyber security, national annist for us. served as the director of national counterterrorism center from '08 to july of 2011. was in the room during the bin laden raid. michael, you've been watching and listening to the coverage. give us an expert's eye view. what do you think we have here and what would you be looking for? >> well, the first thing i would say, brian, is at this point, kind of an hour into the event, we still have to accept that the information is going to be incredibly fragmentary and a lot of it's going to be wrong. all of the boston city police department, the federal government, mostly the fbi, the department of homeland security, the white house, everyone is now scrambling to understand what exactly happened in that location. and away from boston, people are starting to put in place some of the preventative security measures that chuck todd just mentioned at the white house. so i expect that we'll start to see some additional police presence in cities like new york, los angeles, chicago. my initial take right
Apr 15, 2013 8:00pm PDT
ways. that we'll press on. michael leiter, former director of national counterterrorism center. good to have you here. thank you, sir. >> thank you, rachel. >> i want to tell you the fbi has set up a phone number for anybody to call with information on today's attack. they are describing their call for tips in terms of people who may know anything about what happened in boston today. in terms of no information being too insignificant. no potential lead being too small. if you do have information that you think might be of help in the investigation into what happened today in boston, the number to call is easy to remember. it's 1-800-call-fbi. 1-800-call-fbi. which translates to 1-800-225-5324. all right. we are live at mass general hospital in boston. stay with us here on msnbc. we'll be right back. [ coughs ] [ angry gibberish ] [ justin ] mulligan sir. mulligan. take a mulligan. i took something for my sinuses, but i still have this cough. [ male announcer ] truth is, a lot of sinus products don't treat cough. they don't? [ male announcer ] nope, but alka seltzer plus severe sinus
Apr 16, 2013 7:00am PDT
but not much more than that. >> michael leiter, thank you so much. been with us throughout this. thank you so much. meantime at the white house, president obama this morning will be briefed on the latest developments by fbi director robert mueller and other senior members of his team. white house official says the boston bombings appear to be an act of terror. although the president stopped short of calling the attack terrorism. now, house homeland security committee chairman michael mccall had this to say. >> we still do not know who did this or why. and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. but make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this. >> simultaneous bombing, mass casualties, spectacular event. all the briefings we ever get on a potential terrorist attack, all the ingredients that are in there and we saw that, unfortunately, yesterday which led me to call this an act of terrorism. >> let's bring in matt visor, "boston globe" white house correspondent. i was thinking listening to the
Apr 17, 2013 7:00am PDT
hospitals of where this happened. i was talking to michael leiter, former head of the counterterrorism unit here in the united states and he said in 2011 they ran a drill looking at something like a mumbai style attack, someone started shooting civilians, they ran a drill in the city of boston so they were prepared in an odd way. you didn't hear story of chaos. the triage went well, the right people went to the right hospitals. this was top level care and you think how much worse it could have been. >> you also realize how much this is a calling for those people who do that for a living. we talk about careers when you're a kid, what do i want to be when i grow up and these doctors, these nurses, these emts, that is a calling. >> the story, a lot of these people are trained but the people the average people who ran toward the explosion, after the explosion. >> the marathon runners who finished and went to donate blood right after, literally running straight to hospitals to help out. it's incredible. >> this is something that the terrorists want to tear us apart. i think it unites us. >> no q
Apr 16, 2013 7:00am EDT
work. >> michael leiter thank you very much. we'll send it back to matt in boston. >> thank you very much. as we mentioned many of the injured remain in hospitals this morning. nick and leanne ianna were watching the race when they were hit by shrapnel from the blast. they're at tufts medical center, good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> leighanne, let me start a asking you, what are the extent of your injuries? >> i have an open tibula fracture and waiting to get a skin graft either today or tomorrow and then probably be put in a boot for the last part of the healing. >> and nick, how about you? were you injured as well? >> i was fortunate i only had a pierced eardrum. >> leanne, describe for me how close you were to the finish line, how close you were from where these devices were detonated? >> i'm not sure exactly where it was detonated. it sounded awfully close. we were probably about ten feet from the finish line. yeah, it was quite loud and definitely could smell the smoke and everything when it happened. >> and nick, i understand when you looked down and saw the ext
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